Millions of passengers take to the airways daily in an increasingly globalised world where the cost of air travel has become more accessible. They have one thing in common, regardless of where they came from or where they are going.
Passengers have all passed through an airport at some stage during their journey. With such a high volume of daily visitors, it’s no surprise that airports can occasionally become tense. The people who work there, on the other hand, keep things going.
Staff in every airport worldwide perform a diverse range of tasks and responsibilities that are all critical to the industry’s overall image – and you may be one of them.
You’re in luck if you want to start a career in this highly competitive and fast-paced industry because we’ve put together a handy list of the most lucrative job openings.
So, if you’re looking for a new career or internship, even just graduated from uni, keep reading because these are the highest-paying airport positions globally.
Starting at the beginning with a vital role as a Logistics Manager
Management of the logistics operational team means you will be in charge of all shipping and transportation performance, including looking after all cargo, for instance. The position will ensure the logistics team gets all goods and services to where they need to be, on time and to the right destination.
In recent years the urgent transportation of PPE and machinery such as ventilators have been on the list of essential jobs a logistics manager should oversee.
Concessionaires are in charge of maintaining and running the various restaurants, gift shops, coffee shops, and brand stores that you can come across and browse during your long flight wait.
Their services are handy when you need a caffeine boost at 6 a.m., just before you fly out on business. Like many others in the service sector, these employers pay by the hour and deliver nothing more than minimum wage, but don’t let that deter you.
You get to meet lots of interesting people when you’re working, and the longer hours mean there’s plenty of space for overtime.
Custodians handle the general upkeep of the airport daily, though the job’s exact specifications differ depending on the airport’s size.
The job involves maintaining a high level of cleanliness in passenger zones (such as waiting areas and restrooms) and performing minor maintenance and janitorial duties. Again, no formal education is required to work as a custodian, but you should preferably have prior experience in a similar position.
The term “ramp agent” refers to the ground crew who conduct external maintenance and turnaround on an aircraft in between flights.
In this job, tasks may include refuelling the plane, allowing passengers to board or depart, and conducting other safety checks. The timeline for completing these tasks, like that of cabin cleaners, is frequently shortened.
Ramp agents are also in charge of ensuring the runway’s protection by inspecting and removing any trash or debris that may get sucked into an aircraft’s engines.
Baggage handlers are in charge of ensuring that your checked luggage moves from the small carousel at the check-in gate to the large carousel at your destination airport, a transfer that doesn’t always go as planned.
While there are no educational qualifications for being a baggage handler, you must be in good physical shape due to the work’s labour-intensive nature.
Before take-off, flight dispatchers mainly communicate with pilots to establish flight plans. Weather conditions, emergency preparations, and all forms of fuel management must be considered.
Flight dispatchers also consider flight cargo, passengers, and other factors that might impact the flight’s ability to depart or land on time – making this a very stressful task. Relevant multitasking skills, as well as the ability to work under pressure, are also advantageous.
You must also pass a written test and complete a minimum number of supervised training hours to be considered for this role.
Being a cabin crew member has been seen as a glamorous and highly sought-after career since the beginning of the tourism heyday in the 1960s; it’s also a perfect way to travel the world for free while wearing a fancy uniform.
On the other hand, there are long hours, rowdy travellers, and inclement weather to deal with, not to mention the highly competitive recruiting process. On the other hand, working as a flight attendant may be one of the most fascinating and thrilling jobs in the industry if you have what it takes.
In a hijacking or security incident, air marshals are undercover plain-clothes security operatives with on-flight security and counter-terrorism measures. Even though they are not on every flight, they often bring firearms and other weapons with them.
Since each country has its method of hiring marshals, becoming one varies depending on the nationality. For example, in the United Kingdom, this tasking is handled by the Metropolitan Police, while in the United States, an entire government agency (the Federal Air Marshal Service) is dedicated to providing monitoring staff.
In any case, if you want this job, plan to go through a series of rigorous training courses.
Airport managers are in charge of running airports. Their primary duty is to ensure that airports and airlines follow all laws and regulations, communicate with different parties, and hire new staff.
Every manager’s goal is to keep things running smoothly and create an efficient atmosphere. You can find work if you have a bachelor’s degree. Still, industry experts advise that you obtain certification from the National Business Aviation Association or the American Association of Airport Executives (or a comparable global organisation).
Finally, a pilot has to be every young boy or girl’s dream job.
Being a pilot is, unsurprisingly, a dream career for millions of people, thanks to the prestige and responsibility of the role, as well as the hugely appealing financial incentives on offer. An Airbus A380 captain piloting long-haul flights for a major commercial airline, for example, will command a decent salary, but this is the exception rather than the rule.
The vast majority of pilots obtain their licences privately through flying schools before applying to airlines and receiving training and certification on the appropriate aircraft. On the other hand, others provide transition training after serving in the military.
No matter what, you decide a job in the flight industry is the way forward through the next decade.